Qatar has selected Safran Helicopter Engines as engine supplier of its new NH90 fleet. The 28 NH90 military helicopters, whose acquisition was announced March 14, will all feature RTM322 engines.
They will be assembled in Bordes, France, and delivered to Airbus Helicopters’ headquarters in Marignane, where the NH90 tactical transport version is assembled, and to the Leonardo Venice-Tessera facility in Northern Italy for integration with the naval configuration. Safran Helicopter Engines now powers 80% of the worldwide NH90 fleet.
RTM322 is a 2,100- to 2,600-shaft horsepower engine designed for military helicopters ranging from 20,000 to 30,000 pounds.
The Qatar Armed Forces NH90 will feature the RTM322-01/9A version. It features a 7% power increase over the baseline RTM322-01/9 variant. This additional power increases mission capabilities in “hot and high” conditions.